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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-17-2013, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Leaves turning into skeletons

It's a 30 gallon tank, good substrate, with 2 (26 watt) cfl bulbs on for 7 hours, no fertilizer as yet, a fluval 404 filter with foam and biomax rings, plus a hanging filter , 25 % water change weekly, and the tank has been running for a year.

These plants have been in the tank one week and they are skeletonizing already. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-17-2013, 06:49 PM
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The tips of those leaves may have been dried out at one time, and now the water is washing away the dead tissue. One week isn't long enough to see how well the plants are or are not doing. You can double check to be sure the rhizomes of all of the Anubias are out in the water - not buried in the substrate. And, it will help to dose Excel and Flourish, to eliminate some possible deficiencies.

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Cool. A Halloween tank.
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Some people are telling me that Anubias are grown "emersed" or out of water, and that they are not suited right away for emersion in an aquarium. Thus the leaves melt when submerged. True or false?
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That is both true and false. False, anubias are both aquatic and emergent, which means that they can survive in water or in emergent conditions. You just have to give it time to adjust if it were previously emersed conditions and now in aquatic conditions, and vice versa. And true, the leaves will melt and die when they transition, so you have to give it time, probably a few weeks, before you see any new growth coming out. As long as the rhizome is green and healthy, you should be okay.
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Kind of a rip if the aquatic plant growers and retailers are selling a plant that is promoted as an aquarium "planted tank" item which has been grown in an "emersed" environment and is not tank ready.
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Kind of a rip if the aquatic plant growers and retailers are selling a plant that is promoted as an aquarium "planted tank" item which has been grown in an "emersed" environment and is not tank ready.
Except for the plants which only grow submerged, all aquatic plants worldwide are grown emersed because they grow faster so supply can meet demand.
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